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Travel to Parksville, Vancouver Island with rental car from Seattle

Travel to Parksville, Vancouver Island with rental car from Seattle

Apr 9th, 2009, 04:16 PM
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Travel to Parksville, Vancouver Island with rental car from Seattle

Hello,
My Husband and I are flying into Seattle in August. What is the best way to get to Nanoose Bay? We will be staying for a week. Should we rent a car in Seattle or BC?

Thanks for your advice and ideas.
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Apr 9th, 2009, 06:19 PM
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The easiest would be to rent at Seattle airport. Drive to Tsawassen. This is South of Vancouver avoiding the city traffic. Follow signs for BC Ferries. Take the ferry to Duke Point which is just South of Nanaimo. Head North following highway 17, not 17a. This way you will bypass Nanaimo traffic.
Return and drop the car off at the Seattle airport.
http://www.bcferries.com/
Enjoy
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Apr 9th, 2009, 07:19 PM
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Since you have a week, may be you want consider the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles, which will take you into DT Victoria,
before heading up to Nanoose bay via the island hwy.
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Apr 10th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Or you could take the Clipper or float plane to Victoria and rent a car there.
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Apr 10th, 2009, 01:55 PM
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I would take the Clipper and rent a vehicle out of Victoria. The drive from Seattle to Tsawassen/Vancouver will be about 2 - 2.5 hours (depending on border crossing). Unless you're planning on staying in Vancouver overnight, you'll tack another 2 hours onto the ferry crossing and then the drive up to Parksville – about another 2 hours. Estimating conservatively.

If you do decide to overnight in Vancouver, you can catch the ferry out of Horseshoe Bay which takes you directly into Nanaimo – however, the ferries are usually busy during the summer (particularly weekends) so reservations are a good idea if you're going via car.
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Apr 11th, 2009, 09:49 AM
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Wow, Thanks for all the different options! What transportation to the Clipper is available? Is one seaplane company better than others out of Seattle? Looks like reservations is a must for any of the ferries?
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Apr 11th, 2009, 04:55 PM
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I live in Victoria. puschpeak, you asked for 'the best way'. Do you want the most scenic way, the most arduous way, or the way a local would take to avoid hassles?
The Coho only sails three times a day and reservations are mandatory. If you miss it, see ya. Using the Clipper demands that you use a bus service from Seatac to the ferry with your luggage and take a taxi to a car rental in Victoria.
If you miss the ferry from Tsawassen to Duke Point, you wait a hour.
Like I said, the 'best way'.
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